IowaWORKS ~ North Iowa,
600 South Pierce Avenue,
Mason City, Iowa.
The Workforce Development Partnership
is offering career planning workshops and services each month. There is
no fee, pre-registration is required. For more information on any of our
workshops, please call 641 422-1524, Ext 44521, you'll be glad you did!
JOB FAIRS at IowaWORKS
600 South Pierce Avenue, Mason City, IA
Watch this spot for
upcoming Job Fairs!
Building On Your First Resume
July 31, Aug 19, Sept 11, Sept 23, Oct 2, Nov 13 or Dec 4:
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This class is designed to take your basic resume from the IowaJobs
website (www.iowajobs.org) or a completed resume worksheet to create a
more professional resume on a Word template document. If you have
very limited computer skills, attendance at The Amazing Computer
workshop is a pre-requisite. Please complete a resume worksheet
prior to class or bring a copy of your basic resume from the IowaJobs
website. Bring a flash/thumb drive so you can save your new resume!
Do you wish you could type faster or not have to look at the keyboard?
This class is for you! This self-paced workshop offers typing tutoring
and provides the user with typing practice. Attendees will progress
through units designed to help beginners with the basics as well as help
professionals improve their speed and accuracy.
Call 641 422-1524 Ext 44514 for dates and times.
July 22 to 25 or October 14 to 17:
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This 4 day workshop helps job seekers who struggle with a
less-than-perfect past learn how to effectively job search, write
personal statements to address criminal convictions, prioritize goals,
and answer difficult questions on applications and during interviews.
Successful Job Fairs & Hiring
Date and Times to be Announced
Job fairs can be an amazing opportunity for connecting with potential
employers – the outcome depends on you! During this session we will
discuss how to greet and engage in conversation with perspective
employers, selling your skills and strengths with a few brief
statements, importance of appearance and preparedness plus a great
handshake and gratitude, etc. Take advantage of this fabulous workshop
focusing on successfully networking with employers!
July 28 or Aug 18:
1:30 to 2:30 PM
Latest and hottest job opportunities, networking with fellow job
seekers, facilitated by an Employment Training Specialist and an
occasional guest employer are what you can expect from this 1 hour open
roundtable class. Learn from a multitude of sources to help with your
Effective Employment Applications
~ Paper and Online
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
During this interactive workshop participants will discuss steps and
tips for completing effective paper and online applications. Topics
include having a master application, pre-application research,
developing references, addressing challenging questions, etc. Group will
also view an online application(s) while reviewing common questions
Six Step Overview ~ RES
Each Monday and Wednesday of the month:
1:00 to 4:00 PM
This workshop provides an overview of the services IowaWorks provides
and the Six Step Curriculum. Preregistration is required.
Step 1 ~ Maintaining a Positive
Attitude Aug 5,
Sept 16, Oct 7, Nov 18 or Dec 9:
9:30 to 11:30 AM
Strategies to maintain a positive mental attitude during periods of
dramatic change. Identify Externally Imposed versus Self-Directed change
and the responsibility to choose our response. (2 hour session)
Step 2 ~ Designing Your Future
Aug 5, Sept 16, Oct 7, Nov 18 or Dec 9:
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Discussion on Job Myths vs. Beliefs. Learning to plan, recognize and
cultivate your uniqueness. (2 hour session)
Step 3 ~ What’s Hot? Employment
Sept 17, Oct 8, Nov 19 or Dec 10: 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Aug 6: 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Review ihaveaplaniowa.gov. Review the generated occupation list. Explore
careeronestop.org and browse job information. Be up-to-date on industry
trends. (2 hour session)
Step 4 ~ Creating a Great Resume
TBA: 12:30 - 3:00 PM
Aug 6 or Aug 28: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Identifying your strengths, learning self promotion and how to quantify
your accomplishments. Selecting the resume that is right for you.
Chronological vs. Functional Resumes. (2 hour session)
Step 5 ~ Top 5 Most Effective Job
July 17,Aug 7, Sept 18, Oct 9, Nov 20 or Dec 11:
9:30 to 11:30 AM
Top 5 Most Effective Job Search Strategies. Effective vs. non-effective.
Using your strengths/preferences to target organizations. Internet
research, networking, social networking sites. Top 10 Jobs. (2 hour
Step 6 ~ Interviewing &
Negotiating Tips to Land the Job:
July 17 or Aug 7: 12:30 to 3:00 PM or
Aug 18: 1:30 to 4:00 PM
Preparing for the interview. Researching the company. Discuss the
importance of practicing and/or using Interview Stream. What to bring to
an interview. Setting goals for the interview. (2 hour session)
July 22: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Aug 8: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Aug 15: 9:30 to 10:30 AM
Feel overwhelmed when you walk in our doors? Let us help you get
acquainted with what we have to offer and how to access what you need!
During this informational session we will review all of the FREE
services offered at IowaWORKS. We will also discuss the Workforce
Investment Act (WIA) program, eligibility criteria, and the steps to
request individual services. Attending this orientation is required for
all interest in possibly accessing WIA services.
Intro to PACE
July 30: 10:00 to 11:00 AM
July 22: 2:00 to 3:00 PM
This is a brief overview of the PACE program including who may
be eligible, what services are provided and explaining career pathways.
Ticket-to-Work Info Session
TBA: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Aug 14: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Aug 27: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM or
Learn about all the great services and programs available at
IowaWORKS that can assist you in obtaining employment by participation
in the Ticket-to-Work program.
Interview Stream – Give Yourself a
Interviewed lately??? Want to be more prepared and confident in
communicating your skills and experiences to a potential employer?
Interview Stream is a web-based video interview tool that gives
participants an opportunity to practice most common and industry
specific interview questions. Individuals may review their recorded
interview(s) and send interview to an IowaWORKS team member for
feedback. Online interview tutorial also available. Contact our Skills
Team to schedule an appointment.
The Amazing Computer
July 25 or Aug 12: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Aug 28: 1:00 to 4:00 PM
This four hour workshop is for those with little or no computer
experience and is an excellent introduction for the true beginner.
Bring a flash/thumb drive to class.
Career Ready 101
Internet-based training program designed to help you prepare for the
Nation Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) of for continuous personal
growth. See any IowaWORKS representative to set up an account for this
self-paced training program that is accessible from any computer with
National Career Readiness
Certificate Testing (NCRC)
Each day employers receive stacks of applications for only a handful of
positions. With the National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by
ACT, you can prove you're the most skilled for the job. The
Certification is the work-related credential. Whether you're looking for
a job or wanting to enhance your diploma or resume, the Certificate
provides proof of your job skills that you can use with employers
NCRC is a series of 3 Internet-based
assessments. No phones, backpacks, electronic devices or personal
calculators will be permitted. Proctor provides calculator, pencil,
paper and earplugs if needed.
For more information and to schedule your assessment, please call our
Click for a list of local employers who support NCRC
IowaWorks ~ North Iowa has a skills development area
Our hours of service are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Wednesday, 9:00
AM to 4:30 PM.
Staff is available to direct
customers to computer software, publications and Internet sites that can
help you research careers, schools, communities and obtain information
regarding current workforce trends.